The Human Rights Council 24th Session
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The 24th session of the Human Rights Council was held from 9th to 27th of September 2013, bringing together once again all member and observer states to discuss the on-going human rights issues and challenges around the world. A particular attention was given to the violation of human rights in Syria. Other issues such as human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Children in the armed conflict, the human rights of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty, right to development, and the role of Civil Society organizations were the issues that were discussed in several by states and NGOs representing at the council.
The question of the death penalty was the title of a report which the UN High Comissioner for Human Rights presented to the Human Rights Council wherein the high commissioner voiced her concern on the execution of eight people to death in Afghanistan in 2012. Afghan delegation mad a statement afterward in which emphasized on the transparency of the execution process in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and had referred to the report highlighting that eight out of 250 prisoners sentenced to death were executed who were repeat offenders and committed the most severe crimes; that included the terrorist who murdered 40 civilians in an attack on Kabul Bank. The Afghan delegation expressed that Afghanistan is committed to its international obligation and believes that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his/her life.
Furthermore, the Human Right Council considered and adopted the final outcome of the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Colombia, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. During the adoption of the outcome of the review of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Turkenistan and Uzbekistan Afghan delegation made statements commending those countries active participation during the review and wished them well in implementing the recommendations.
Afghanistan Presents its first report to CEDAW
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Afghanistan presented its first report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discriminations Against Women on the 10th of July 2013.
The Convention on the Elimination of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW) adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women, which entered into force on 3rd September 1981.
The implementation of CEDAW is monitored by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. State parties must submit a report to the committee every four years, setting out how they are implementing the convention.
Afghanistan signed the convention on 14th August 1980, and acceded to the convention on 4th April 2003. The first report of Afghanistan which was combined of its initial and second periodic report highlighted the achievements of Afghanistan during the last decade in promoting and protecting women's rights and underlined the eras for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that are put in place for the improvement of women's conditions in the country. Moreover, it explained the ongoing works and plans of revising Afghanistan law’s to make them consistent with the CEDAW.
The report was presented by a high level delegation headed by Dr. Mohammad Qasem Hashemzai, Senior advisor to the Ministry of Justice and comprised of two deputy ministers from ministry of Women Affairs and ministry of labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disableds, Administrative Director General of the Judiciary Supreme Court, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to UN and other International Organizations in Geneva, General Director of Human Rights and women international Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of Plan and Policy Department of Ministry of Education, Reporting Desk Officer of Human Rights and Women International Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Second Secretary and Third Secretary of Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Geneva.